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Flight of Youth - Ron Graham

"FLIGHT OF YOUTH" is a well-written, poignant novel about a young man of humble origins from Northern England (Bill Proctor) who joins the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during World War I, trains as an air mechanic, and by virtue of his proven mechanical skills, advances to become an observer/gunner in 2-seat aircraft in combat, and thus earns the opportunity to receive pilot training back in England. He returns to France as a pilot in an observation squadron during 1917 and 1918. The novel also shares with the reader various aspects of Bill's personal life away from the Front.